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Here is a sneak peek at this year’s Republic Day parade

Jawans during the rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Wednesday, January 17, 2017.

Jawans during the rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Wednesday, January 17, 2017. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

In a first, leaders from 10 ASEAN countries will be chief guests at the Republic Day parade this year. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

Apart from the Indian security forces displaying their might, a range of traditional and cultural programs focusing on the history and culture of the country by different states will also be performed. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

Bravery medals are also distributed on Republic Day to the soldiers in the armed forces, common people and students from school.(Express Photo: Amit Meha)

Armed forces rehearse for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

Rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

Kathak and folk dances of Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and other countries will also be seen together this Republic Day, as a group of students of a school here will perform during the parade, marking the Indo-ASEAN ties. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

The flight operations between Chandigarh and New Delhi will remain affected from Thursday to January 26 as a few airlines have cancelled operations or changed timings following a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) at Delhi airport ahead of Republic Day. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

The airspace over Delhi remains shut for commercial flights due to rehearsals in the days leading to the Republic Day on January 26. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

A newly-raised all-woman bikers contingent of the Border Security Force (BSF) will make its debut on Rajpath on January 26. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

The members of this special women bikers squad have been specially chosen by BSF trainers and are aged between 25-30 years. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

The women squad has been named ‘Seema Bhavani’ or the border braves, an official of the paramilitary force said.(Express Photo: Amit Meha)

The BSF will also have its iconic camel contingent along with its marching and band teams to march down the Rajpath the same day. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

(Express Photo: Amit Meha)

(Express Photo: Amit Meha)

Children take part in rehearsals for the Republic Day celebration. (Express Photo: Amit Meha)

(Express Photo: Amit Meha)

(Express Photo: Amit Meha)